The Goldblum Family, Friends’ Central School
Friends’ Central School has been the perfect fit for the Goldblums, giving six-year-old Owen “the best of the city and the best of the suburbs.”
Friends’ Central School has been the perfect fit for the Goldblums, giving six-year-old Owen “the best of the city and the best of the suburbs,” his mom Ali says. Friends’ Central is an independent, coed Quaker school that operates on two campuses: the Lower School campus for students in Nursery through grade five – tucked away on a beautiful, green campus on Old Gulph Road in Wynnewood – and the Middle and Upper School campus for students in grades six through twelve on City Avenue in Wynnewood. When touring the school, Josh liked that the two campuses would provide some level of “transition” within the continuity of attending one institution from Nursery through high school.
Sending Owen to the suburbs for school was not the Goldblums’ initial plan, Ali explained. “For us it was a really big decision to send him out of the city. We’re not going to move to the suburbs—that’s not on the table for us.” Ali grew up in Philly, and she wanted to give her children that upbringing as well. But with Friends’ Central’s door-to-door bus service, giving Owen this suburban education while maintaining his city kid lifestyle has been seamless.
Photograph by Robert MacMillan Photography.